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BILL WARD – Statement on Upcoming Black Sabbath Shows

May 15th, 2012

As posted to: http://www.billward.com/2012/05/statement-on-upcoming-black-sabbath-shows/#more-1428

Bill Ward

Bill Ward

Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,

I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.

It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this. This statement is even more painstaking to write, as I was particularly excited to play alongside Tony Iommi after the recent treatments he underwent. I wanted that to become a reality.

To express my thoughts about you, the Sabbath fans, I’m going to speak to you all through an experience my brother James had recently. My brother Jimmy lives in the U.K. When speaking with him a couple of days ago, he told me that an acquaintance had stopped him on the street and confronted him, “is your brother playing Birmingham? What’s going on? I waited in line with my son and paid x amount for the concert tickets.”

The man’s son is a young drummer. He’s going to see Sabbath, and he wants to see Bill Ward play drums. Upon hearing this news, I felt horrible. I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from, the failure to be as brothers, as we once were. To be clear, I’m not blaming the other guys or finding any faults with them. I would think it can’t be easy for them either, but this situation is just really sad. It’s sad that it’s come to this. “This” will surely leave a mark and be unwelcome to the memory. Hopefully “this” will heal and pass in time.

My heart sank when Jimmy told me about this young boy. I know this boy is going to be disappointed, and I don’t know how to amend it, other than to put my arms around the boy and tell him I love him. Sabbath fans have a voice and a face, to me you’re human, you have families and despair. You have ferocity and emotions and graciousness, and at this moment as far as I’m concerned you are also that young boy in England. I don’t know how to amend my part in these failings other than to put my arms around you and say I love you and let you know I’m very, very sorry.

Throughout this process, which began over a year ago, I have had to stand up for myself time and time again. I have had to stand up for myself and in doing so realize my actions indirectly, although unintentionally, are upsetting and hurting a lot of you. I know in my heart I couldn’t have done these concerts by agreeing the terms suggested. I made a solemn vow after the last European and Ozzfest concerts that I would never again enter into what was, in my opinion, a totally unsatisfactory contract. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I’m doing it.

Earlier in April 2012, I’d been asked to participate “minimally” in the Download festival. I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs to play while another drummer presumably played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs.

I found out about the Birmingham gig on Monday, April 30 through the Internet ad. I was taken aback somewhat by the date, and the fact it was Birmingham. Knowing the “signable” contract negotiations were at best in shreds, I was upset by the idea that the band was going to play Birmingham and play it assumedly without me. I had no prior knowledge of the date and location, and I felt totally excluded. We contacted the representative for Black Sabbath to see if something could be worked out. In the meantime my drum crew and I, along with our US endorsers, finished all the necessary planning for a swift departure to the UK. There wasn’t a whole lot to complete; we’d all been on standby more or less since mid-January 2012. The remaining work in the UK was confirmed done by our European and UK endorsers and we were good to go by Friday, May 4 2012. There were two stress points: firstly, getting an agreement in place, and secondly, getting to England in a timely manner. Jetlag time was taken into account as well as drum practice, a drum practice room in the heart of Birmingham, accommodation, and travel arrangements were all in place to meet with any band rehearsals that may have transpired before the Birmingham show. So far everything that had been arranged was on my dime, but we didn’t move ahead without a realistic confirmation.

Communications between the representative and my lawyer continued through the weekend of May 5 finalizing on Wednesday, May 9. The offer we received on May 9 was, “come to the UK, play for free and see how the first show goes.” I was tempted. Playing for free would not have been a problem for me, but “seeing how the first show goes” left an element of risk which could have affected Download. My ideal thought was to play in full the Birmingham show, in full Download, and in full Lollapalooza.

I had notified the representative that May 10 was my cutoff day in order to have good lead-in time for England. On the night of May 9 I asked for a brief letter to be sent to the representative asking to find out if we were at an end. On the morning of Thursday, May 10, I received a reply in the affirmative. After consulting with my advisors and crew a decision was made to let go and stop.

I can’t prioritize the Sabbath fans making one show more important than the other. I can’t do that. All of you are important. It’s all the gigs or none at all. I can’t come to Birmingham and “see what happens” knowing there is a risk of not being able to play Download or Lollapalooza. Again, for me, it’s all or nothing. I had to say “no” to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham. It’s still my hometown and I resent having to arrive at such a difficult choice.

Although the statement was made that, “the door is always open” for me, as explained above, walking through that door is not always as easy as it sounds. There are many complicated issues and unseen and unspoken agendas on hand. I can assure you, my criteria for a “signable” contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.

I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I’m tolerant of them; I’m frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I’ll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn’t win; the fans for an original lineup don’t win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did.

I didn’t want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn’t want to write; it’s the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe.

Since Spring of 2011, I’ve waited patiently and hopefully for a signable contract, you know the rest. I stand for the boy in the U.K., for the coming drum student, for all the drummers, who write their parts out and get stiffed on the publishing, I stand with the Sabbath fans chanting “Bill Ward” and asking “why?” and I stand with Tony and Geezer and Ozzy.

On a final note, even though I’m at an end with the upcoming announced concerts, I will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate “signable” terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future.

Stay strong.
Stay safe.

With all my heart and strength, I love you,
Bill Ward

Following on a separate page is a thank you message to some very extraordinary people.

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Drum Clinic Vinny Appice (Dio, Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath) And To Guest Judge at Heavy MTL 2012 BOTB – March 14 – Montreal

March 1st, 2012

Montreal’s heaviest and loudest bands will take to the stage once again to battle out in round 3 for a chance to win one of two prized spots on the Heavy MTL 2012 lineup at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 11 to 12. Round 3 will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Katacombes (1635 St. Laurent) with guest judge drummer Vinny Appice known for his solid drumming on over 25 recorded albums, many which are multi-platinum and were recorded with influential metal bands DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL, to name a few along with performing with JOHN LENNON “live” on stage and in the studio at the age of 16.

In additional news, the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada with ItalMelodie, Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth are proud to present a drum clinic along with a meet and greet signing with Vinny Appice at ItalMelodie’s Montreal location at 250 Jean Talon East, 3rd floor on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Tickets for the clinic are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased at ItalMelodie.

Note: BOTB showcases will be every second Wednesday of the months leading to Heavy MTL 2012.

Show Details:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – Progressive/ Modern Death Thrash Metal Night

18+

8:30pm

$12 – Tickets available at Admission.com & Labyrinthe (486 Ste. Catherine West)

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/331075960266885/

Guest judge: Vinny Appice – http://www.vinnyappice.com

Bands:

DEMISE OF THE CROWN
www.reverbnation.com/demiseofthecrownmetal

HEROIK
www.myspace.com/heroikmetal

INSTANZIA
www.myspace.com/instanzia

TRAINWRECK ARCHITECT
www.myspace.com/trainwreckarchitect

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BLACK SABBATH Cancel Reunion Tour; OZZY & FRIENDS To Perform Majority Of Scheduled Shows

February 19th, 2012
Bill Ward

Bill Ward

BLACK SABBATH – who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour – have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. At this time, Black Sabbath will perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10th at the UK’s Download Festival.

So as not to let the promoters and fans down, OZZY OSBOURNE will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including GEEZER BUTLER (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member ZAKK WYLDE. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend SLASH at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).

Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the UK for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath’s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.

 

The 2012 tour dates are as follows:

 

Black Sabbath:

 

June

10 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival

 

Ozzy & Friends:

 

May

23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium

27 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival

29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival

31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

 

June

2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium

4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle

6 – Prague, Czech Rep – O2 Arena

15 – Vitoria, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival

17 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal Festival

26 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle

28 – Belgrade, Serbia – USCE Park

 

July

1 – Athens, Greece – Rockwave Festival – Terra

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SHARON OSBOURNE “I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath”

February 9th, 2012
Bill Ward

Bill Ward

OZZY OSBOURNE’s wife/manager Sharon Osbourne has responded to internet rumors that she “fired” BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, after he announced last week that he could not participate in the band’s recording sessions in Birmingham until a “singable contract is drawn up.”

Osbourne wrote on Twitter: “I am not in any position to hire or fire anyone in Black Sabbath. I don’t manage the band, I manage my husband.”

Bill Ward’s son Aron Ward has posted a lengthy statement on the BlackSabbath Fans Facebook Page about the Black Sabbath “shit storm.” It reads in part as follows:

“The press is spinning this shit storm to read as if my dad has quit. This is not true. The guys know that. That’s why they said the door is always open. My dad hasn’t ‘declined’ playing with Black Sabbath or ‘threatened’ to pull out of this reunion. As he stated his bags are packed and he’s ready to go. He say’s it loud and clear, he definitely wants to play on the album and he definitely wants to tour. I know he’s been committed to this project from the beginning all the way to the point everyone else flew off to the UK. When I saw him over the summer he had this little CD case with him that had all the rehearsals and song ideas. Each CD was sharpie scrawled with rough titles and ideas they had been working on.

About a month ago my dad called me to let me know that Tony had been diagnosed with cancer. He said they were all flying over in the next couple of weeks to continue recording the album in the UK and begin rehearsals for the summer tours. He’d been rehearsing more than I’ve ever known him to. Up till about three weeks ago he was working extremely hard and close with the other three on this album/reunion tour. He was in very good spirits and sounded excited to be writing with Tony, Geezer and Ozzy again. I know if they sort this shit out you guys won’t be disappointed.

I’ve always stayed out of my dad’s business and would like nothing more than for everything to be worked out swiftly between the guys. Unfortunately it’s become personal with all these idiots slagging off my dad so this is for the fucking morons saying…”

Read more on the BlackSabbath Fans Facebook Page.

Fans are rallying around Ward and have launched a new Facebook page dubbed 1,000,000 Black Sabbath Fans Say Yes To Bill Ward.

Black Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are below:

May
18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

June
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest
19 – Paris, France – Bercy
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal

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Rumour – BLACK SABBATH Replace Bill Ward?

February 8th, 2012
Bill Ward

Bill Ward

According to BraveWords.com sources, strong rumours suggest that BLACK SABBATH have replaced original drummer Bill Ward with Tommy Clufetos from the OZZY OSBOURNE band. These rumours have not been confirmed by the band or management. However fans are rallying around Ward and have launched a new Facebook page dubbed 1,000,000 Black Sabbath Fans Say Yes To Bill Ward.

Black Sabbath recently moved writing sessions for their long-awaited reunion album from Los Angeles to Birmingham, England due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s treatment for lymphoma. Drummer Bill Ward is currently in a public battle with his old mates “unless a “signable contract is drawn up” he stated recently and has refused to join the rest of the band.

The remaining trio (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler) responded by saying that “we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open. We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll.”
Black Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are below:

May
18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

June
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest
19 – Paris, France – Bercy
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal

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BLACK SABBATH: ‘We Have No Choice But To Continue Recording Without BILL WARD’

February 3rd, 2012
Black Sabbath 11-11-11

Black Sabbath 11-11-11

BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geeer Butler have vowed to continue recording their new album without Bill Ward after the drummer announced that he will not be able to participate in the recording of the reunited band’s new album or perform with them on tour unless he is presented with what he described as a “fair agreement” and a “signable contract” that financially reflects his contributions to SABBATH’s history and his standing as a founding member of the band.

 

Ward issued a statement in which he said in part, “At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the BLACK SABBATH album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a ‘signable’ contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.”

 

Ward added that he worked last year in “good faith” with fellow original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, including rehearsals and a November press conference in Los Angeles. But then, he wrote, “Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another ‘unsignable’ contract was handed to me.”

 

The drummer, who played on 10 of SABBATH’s first 11 studio albums, emphasized, “Although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England. More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with BLACK SABBATH.”

 

The recording sessions for the original band’s first new album in 33 years were recently moved to London so that Iommi, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, could be close to his doctors.

 

Ward wrote that he’s “spent every day” getting ready to head to England, but added, “My guess is . . . I will know nothing of what’s happening unless I sign ‘the unsignable contract.'”

 

He also wrote, “The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign ‘as is,’ I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician.”

 

Ward addressed the possibility of his being replaced, saying, “I hope you will not hold me responsible for the failure of an original BLACK SABBATH lineup as promoted . . . It would be a sad day in rock if this current situation fell to the desires of a few.”

 

In response, Iommi, Osbourne and Butler have issued the following statement:

 

“We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current BLACK SABBATH plans… We have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open… We are still in the U.K. with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll… See you at Download!!!”

 

SABBATH is scheduled to release its new album later this year and is confirmed to play the U.K.’s Download festival in June. All other tour plans, however, are up in the air pending Iommi’s ability to overcome his illness.

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Bill Ward Threatens to Quit Black Sabbath

February 2nd, 2012

Rolling Stone Reports:

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Black Sabbath 11-11-11

The Black Sabbath reunion has hit another speed bump. Last month Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, forcing to band to move their recording sessions to London and reportedly pull out of a planned Coachella headlining slot. Now drummer Bill Ward has issued a long statement indicating that he will not participate in the reunion unless he is presented with “signable contract” that “reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.”

This is not the first time that Ward has publicly battled with Black Sabbath’s management team. In 2004, Sharon Osbourne announced that Faith No More’s Mike Bordin would be filling in for Ward on the Ozzfest tour. “Last week I did receive a proposal which allowed no room for negotiation,” Ward said at the time. “It was a cul-de-sac proposal, in my opinion, where the only answer was yes or no.” The two parties eventually came to an agreement before the tour, and Ward did participate.

Ward was also going to play drums in the Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath reunion (billed as Heaven and Hell) in 2006, but he backed out for unknown reasons. Let’s all hope that the two parties are able to come together this time. Below is the complete text of Bill Ward’s letter.

Dear Sabbath Fans, Fellow Musicians and Interested Parties,

At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a “signable” contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band. Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another “unsignable” contract was handed to me. 

Let me say that although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England.  More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with Black Sabbath.

Since the news of Tony’s illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I’ve spent every day getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I’ve tried to find out what’s going on with the U.K. sessions, I’ve realized that I’ve been getting “the cold shoulder” (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what’s happening unless I sign “the unsignable contract.”

The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician. I believe in freedom and freedom of speech. I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate.

If I’m replaced, I have to face you, the beloved Sabbath fans. I hope you will not hold me responsible for the failure of an original Black Sabbath lineup as promoted.  Without fault finding, I want to assure everyone that my loyalty to Sabbath is intact.

So here I am. I lay my truth down before you. I’m good to go IF I get a “signable” contract. I don’t want to let anyone down, especially Black Sabbath and all the Sabbath fans. You know I love you. It would be a sad day in Rock if this current situation fell to the desires of a few.

My position is not greed-driven.  I’m not holding out for a “big piece” of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal. I’d like something that recognizes and is reflective of my contributions to the band, including the reunions that started fourteen years ago. After the last tour I vowed to never again sign on to an unreasonable contract.  I want a contract that shows some respect to me and my family, a contract that will honor all that I’ve brought to Black Sabbath since its beginning.

That’s the story so far.

Stay safe and stay strong.

I love every single one of you.

– Bill Ward

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BLACK SABBATH Guitar Legend TONY IOMMI Diagnosed With Lymphoma

January 9th, 2012
Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

BLACK SABBATH have issued the following official statement:

“With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan – the ‘Iron Man’ of rock & roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.”

This comes as Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) – are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.
According to Wikipedia, Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. Typically, lymphomas present as a solid tumor of lymphoid cells. Treatment might involve chemotherapy and in some cases radiotherapy and/or bone marrow transplantation, and can be curable depending on the histology, type, and stage of the disease.

Black Sabbath will headline a number of Europe’s premier festivals in 2012.

After announcing their reunion on 11.11.11, these worldwide appearances are one of the most anticipated music events of 2012. Kicking off on Friday, May 18 in Moscow at Olimpski, the tour will bring Black Sabbath to the masses at: Download Festival (UK), Azkena Rock Festival (Spain), Hellfest (France), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) and Gods of Metal (Italy). However, that’s only the beginning of the group’s global tour which will take the band around the world including countries the band has never played before and others they have not visited in more than three decades.
The four original members of Black Sabbath – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – are currently recording their first studio album in 33 years with legendary producer Rick Rubin (METALLICA, SLAYER) for release worldwide on Vertigo Records, and Vertigo/Universal Republic Records in the US in the fall 2012.

Revered music and spoken word artist, HENRY ROLLINS, has said that “Black Sabbath’s music is ultimate bone-powderizing gear. Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written ‘War Pigs.’ The critics never got it, but the fans did and still do, and the music has not lost any thunder with time but in fact resonates more loudly…Hail the mighty Black Sabbath now and forever.”

Music fans across Europe are in for a night of epic proportions from the Grammy-winning, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees on this very historic return.

Black Sabbath’s confirmed European tour dates are below:

May
18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski
20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena
23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium
29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival
31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

June
2 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Stadium
4 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
10 – Donnington, UK – Download Festival
12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy
15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest
19 – Paris, France – Bercy
22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal

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Versailles Records Reveals Guests For No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To OZZY OSBOURNE; Release Date Confirmed

December 16th, 2011

Versailles Records recently announced plans for the spring 2012 release of No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To OZZY OSBOURNE.

The label has now announced the guests that will appear on the album, which is set to cover highlights from Ozzy’s entire BLACK SABBATH and subsequent 30-year solo career.

Rockers include: Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER, RATT, L.A. GUNS), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Stu Hamm (JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI), Eric Singer (KISS, BLACK SABBATH, BADLANDS, THE CULT), and Derrick LeFevre (LILLIAN AXE) among others.

Along with the aforementioned name players, the record will feature a global collection of many of the hottest rock and metal bands on the rise around the world, from Europe to Japan, South America to the former Soviet block, reflecting The Prince of Darkness’s world-wide fan base.

Featured Millennium bands will include:

TAKARA, LEAVING EDEN, THE MADELINE HAZE, DIRTY ROSE, FIERCE ATMOSPHERES, KINGSHIFTER, CRYPTIC CHAOS, STONE DIRT, W.A.N.T.E.D., MATVEY, SHANE DOSS, TITAN’S EVE, SNAKESKYN WHISKEY, BUGSY PARKER, ATTICA RAGE, SAGE4, METAL HORSE, CRITICAL SOLUTION, SKYSCREAMERS, STALWART, HIGH VOLTAGE, SLANT, CRITICAL SOLUTION, DAWN OF THE FINAL DAY, NASTY REPUTATION,KINOATH, RAVAGE, REACT METAL, TATTOO FRANK & JERIES, IN HIS BLOOD, ALFREIH, QUARTERMOC, BLACK IRIS, CORNIVUS, ENDLESS VENDETTA, A NEW DECREE, ANNIHILATION, DRAWZZNIKK, ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE, AL SOLO FEATURING MANURI, MARTIAN HONEY, DEVIL, JUST ONE FIX, MANTASUKA, DOOM DOGS, ERLING SOLEM, MR. THUMB, PERRY MASON, DENNIS DEEN, MR. MURRAY.

The album will be released on May 8th, 2012 to retail nationally.

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It’s Official: Original BLACK SABBATH Lineup To Reunite For New Album, World Tour

November 11th, 2011

The original lineup of the legendary heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) — has reunited and will release a brand new album in 2012. The group’s first studio effort in 33 years will be produced by Rick Rubin, who has previously worked with METALLICA, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER and SYSTEM OF A DOWN, among many others. A world tour will follow, including an appearance at the U.K.’s Download festival on June 12, 2012.

Black Sabbath 11-11-11

Black Sabbath 11-11-11

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BLACK SABBATH Members Rehearsed At OZZY’s House Earlier This Year

November 7th, 2011
Black Sabbath 11-11-11

Black Sabbath 11-11-11

Legendary guitarist Tony Iommi told Billboard.com that he and fellow original BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward assembled earlier this year at Osbourne‘s home in California to play some music “for a bit of fun, and to see if we could all play. It was good, but it was just purely, ‘Let’s have a go and see what happens.'” Iommi said the group planned to get together again “very soon…to discuss things and see what’s going to happen and see what we’re going to do. It’s all in the air at the moment, but it’d be nice to think we can actually do something.”

Iommi did not give any hints about the press conference the group is holding in Los Angeles, but said, “We’re talking. We’ve always been talking, to be honest. We’ve always been in touch with each other. There might be a lawsuit in-between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing’s happened.”

All four original BLACK SABBATH members will reunite for a press conference on November 11 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California — the same venue where the band made its Los Angeles debut on November 11, 1970 (41 years ago), opening for ALICE COOPER — at exactly 11:11 a.m. They are widely expected to announce that they have begun writing material for a new album in addition to preparing to play their first live shows since the summer of 2005.

The rumor is that Black Sabbath will tour North America with Judas Priest and Motorhead followed by heading to Europe for the spring/summer festival season.

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BLACK SABBATH Announcement Coming November 11th

November 4th, 2011

Noisecreep are reporting that BLACK SABBATH have sent out invites for an announcement ceremony, next Friday, November 11th. According to the invitation, all four original members – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – will all be on hand for the announcement. The private event will be hosted by HENRY ROLLINS, and will be held at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA.

Black Sabbath’s official Facebook page has been updated with the image below:

Black Sabbath 11-11-11

Black Sabbath 11-11-11

 

According to rumours, the godfathers of heavy metal will be teaming up with fellow UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST and the legendary MOTÖRHEAD for a tour of North America in the spring, before Sabbath heads over to Europe for the summer festival season in June/July.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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*RUMOR* – BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD To Tour Together?

October 25th, 2011

While the original members of BLACK SABBATH – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – appear to be reuniting with one rehearsal already in the can, there’s talk that a tour will happen in early 2012. According to rumours passed along to BraveWords.com, the godfathers of heavy metal will be teaming up with fellow UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST and the legendary MOTÖRHEAD for a tour of North America in the spring, before Sabbath heads over to Europe for the summer festival season in June/July. More news as it develops. No other details are available at this time. Once again, these should be taken as rumours and have not been confirmed by band management.

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Judas Priest - 1978

Judas Priest - 1978

Motorhead - the world is yours

Motorhead - the world is yours

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BLACK SABBATH Guitarist Tony Iommi Says The Band Have Rehearsed Together

October 21st, 2011
Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Terrorizer that the original line-up of the band – also featuring singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – have been rehearsing for the rumoured reunion tour that could begin early next year.

“We’ve had a rehearsal and played some of the old stuff and to be together again was great. We’re all on good terms and we’re at a stage where we can play together again. It would be good if we could and I suppose it’s the closest it’s been to be able to do that. It could happen!”

Iommi spoke with Andrew Williams from Metro.co.uk recently about his new autobiography, life as a rock star and whether Ozzy Osbourne will ever rejoin the band. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Metro.co.uk: What’s your relationship with Ozzy Osbourne like now?

Iommi: “It’s good. We’ve had our ups and downs in the past but it’s been blown out of proportion to the point where, from the outside it looks really bitter, but we’ve never really fallen out.”

Metro.co.uk: Will you record with him again?

Iommi: “Who knows? It’s like when we had Ronnie James Dio with us, we broke up, got back together, did another album and tour. You can never tell. We got back together with Ozzy in 1997 and toured so you never know what’s around the corner.”

Metro.co.uk: What have you got left to achieve in your career?

Iommi: “I’m doing the soundtrack to three horror films, which I’m looking forward to. I’ve got a lot of ideas but won’t know where to start until I see the films.”

 

Read the entire interview here.

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OZZY OSBOURNE On BLACK SABBATH Reunion – “It’s In The Very Early Stages”

October 10th, 2011
Ozzy Osbourne Performs at Madison Square Garden - December 1, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne Performs at Madison Square Garden - December 1, 2010

Billboard.com’s Jillian Mapes reports:

Speculation surrounding a BLACK SABBATH reunion including OZZY OSBOURNE arose in August, when the Birmingham Mail reported that Sabbath guitarist TONY IOMMI said the original lineup was writing new material together. Iommi back-tracked on his official website, expressing disappointment that his statements – reportedly told in confidence – made waves. But he never actually denied the claims that the heavy metal gods were collaborating in some capacity.

Speaking with Billboard.com regarding his upcoming second book, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy, Osbourne also touched on the swirling Sabbath reunion rumors.

“Yes, it’s a very, very strong possibility,” he says of getting the old band back together. “It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out, it’ll work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep doing my thing.”

Read the full report at this location.

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